ENEMIES OF THE STATE
An American family flees the country after their hacker son is targeted by the US government in this stranger-than-fiction documentary from Sonia Kennebeck.
A devoutly religious military family, the DeHarts seemed to be a quintessentially wholesome, patriotic American clan. That changed in 2010, when their home was raided by the FBI and 25-year-old son Matt was arrested on charges of child pornography. Matt’s parents claimed that the government was targeting Matt because of his involvement with the hacktivist group Anonymous, and when Matt was released from prison on bond he claimed to have been tortured. The DeHarts sought refugee status in Canada and Matt’s story became a cause célèbre for supporters of anti-authoritarian free speech. But was Matt really a whistleblower akin to Edward Snowden, a sex criminal, or both? Director Sonia Kennebeck and producer Ines Hofmann Kann followed the case for several years, speaking to the DeHarts as well as lawyers, law enforcement, and experts in law and cyber-crime. The result is a vigorously researched documentary with the thrilling uncertainty of an espionage thriller, which keeps viewers guessing until the film’s final moments.
In Competition: Documentary Feature Award
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